Successful Non IITians

Who said only IITians shape the world? It’s not the IITians, but the hard work and excellence that shape the world. Then the number of degrees you earned and the number of attendance you made at your high school doesn’t make any difference. Even a college dropout can be a leading entrepreneur, and even an IITian graduate can settle for a mediocre job.

The IIT tag certainly adds brand value to your name and achievements, but it only acts as a booster head start for your career. As long as you match the hard work and persistence, you can beat anything that comes your way, but the moment you stop working you will stumble down. So, for those who believe that failing at the IIT-JEE exam and missing a seat at the IIT institution is the end of their life as they lost the opportunity to do something bigger, here are examples of Successful Non IITians who shape the industry with their hard work and excellence in their sectors.

Successful Non-IITians Shaping Industries

IIT-JEE Main and JEE Advance are not the toughest exams of life, it’s the life that is your exam. When you wake up every day with a zeal for conquering the world or at least making a difference in the world by contributing to it then it is called success. And a life worth living. From entrepreneurs and innovators to artists and executives, we’ll explore how the successful Non-IITians have made a significant impact, shaping industries and leaving a lasting legacy.

Satya Nadela (CEO, Microsoft)

Satya Nadella Successful Non IITians

Satya Nadela one of the successful Non IITians, served as the CEO of the well-known company Microsoft. He is the one to have made a remarkable impact on the industry while beating the IItians. And it shouldn’t be surprising to know that he made it to the Forbes list of Billionaires replacing another billionaire Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO in 2014.

Before Microsoft, Nadella was Microsoft’s EVP of the cloud and enterprise group. Satya Nadela was born in Hyderabad, India. Nadella completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, a non-IIT institution.

His exceptional leadership skills and strategic vision caught the attention of the board, leading to his appointment as CEO in 2014. Nadella spearheaded the company’s transition from a software-focused model to a more integrated and innovative technology powerhouse. He is yet counted among the Innovative leaders and powerful people.

NameSatya Nadela
CitizenshipUnited States
Satya Nadela

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Azim Premji (Founder of Wipro)

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Azim Hasham Premji or Azim Premji Indian business entrepreneur who served as chairman of Wipro Limited. He is no IITian yet he made a remarkable presence in the industry. Azim Premji was born on 24 July 1945. In 1966, Premji did his degree in engineering at Stanford University.

He was informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry. In 2001 Permji was listed among the 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He is awarded India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.

NameAzim Premji
BirthJuly 24, 1945
NotabilityFounder of Wipro
Azim Premji

Kalpana Chawla (Astronaut, First Indian Female to Go to Space)

Satya Nadella Successful Non IITians

Who is not aware of the name? The first Indian female astronaut to go to space. She proved that sky is the limit. Being a woman didn’t stop her neither did the pain of failing ta the IIT-JEE exam.

Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana. She completed her Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Punjab Engineering College. Quite mediocre right? But her achievements? Later, she went to the US and did her MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in Arlington and a Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Surely it wasn’t her degree but her pursuit of excellence led her to NASA, where she served as a research scientist and engineer. In 1997, Chawla embarked on her first space mission, STS-87, becoming the first Indian-born woman to travel to space. Kalpana Chawla spent a total of 31 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. Tragically, on February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, and her life was cut short. But to date, her name shines brighter than any of the stars in the sky. That was the excellence.

NameKalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla

Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo)

Satya Nadella Successful Non IITians

The successful Non-IITian Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive who was the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the world-famous company PepsiCo. Her achievements made her rank in the list of the world’s most powerful women. And obviously, she did make her presence on the Forbes list as well.

Nooyi was born on October 28, 1955, in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India. Nooyi completed her bachelor’s degree from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras in 1975, and a Post Graduate Programme Diploma from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976.

She served as president and chief financial officer at PepsiCo, then later In the year 2006, she became the fifth CEO of PepsiCo in its 44-year history. She received a number of awards and recognitions in her journey that set her apart from others.

NameIndra Nooyi
Birth28 October, 1955
Known forFormer CEO of PepsiCo
CitizenshipUnited States
Indra Nooyi

Ritesh Agarwal (Founder of OYO)

Satya Nadella Successful Non IITians

We might have not heard the name, but definitely aware of the services he offers. He is none other than the founder and CEO of OYO company.

Ritesh Agarwal was born in Bissam Cuttack, Odisha, India. He graduated from St. Johns Senior Secondary School, Rajasthan. Initially, Agarwal started a budget accommodation portal, Oravel Stays, for booking budget hotels. And later in the year 2013, May he launched the OYO Rooms as a company. As of February 2020, he is the youngest self-made billionaire in the world.

He was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 lists for Asia that were truly an incredible achievement by a Non IITian.

NameRitesh Agarwal
Birth16 November 1993
Known forFounder of OYO Rooms
Ritesh Agarwal

Venkat Ramakrishnan (Nobel Prize, Chemistry in 2009)

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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, another successful Non-IITian who posed as a structural biologist. His name shines in the academic history of achievements. He is the receiver of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research on the structure and function of ribosomes.

Ramakrishnan was born on 1 April 1952. He did his undergraduate studies at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, on a National Science Talent Scholarship. He completed his graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1971. He did his Ph.D. from the US from Ohio University in 1976.

Later in 2009, Ramakrishnan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath. Not only this, but he also received India’s second-highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in 2010.

NameVenkatraman Ramakrishnan
Birth1 April 1952
Known forBiologist
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan